2011 KTM RC8 R – First Look

The current RC8 R has been a firm favourite here at FB Towers, and the Austrian firm’s fiddling means this new bike should stand toe-to-toe with Ducati’s fully loaded new 1198 SP.

Using race input from the factory’s IDM German superbike team, the bike gets a revised crankshaft and flywheel, new dual-plug ignition and what KTM call an anti-hop clutch. Power peaks at 172bhp, up from 170bhp, with the bike developing 127Nm of torque (from 123Nm).

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Chassis-wise, there’s a new eccentric adjuster for the rear suspension linkage which makes ride height adjustments much easier. The WP suspension gets a raft of set-up modifications, and there’s a new eccentric bracket in the rear wheel suspension linkage, allowing for quick ride height adjustment.

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However, KTM move to Dunlop SportSmart tyres as its OE fitment for the RC8 R. The SportSmart is a great hoop, but it seems a strange move for their flagship superbike, given that the Dunlop GP Racer D211 would be a better fit. There’s no orgy of electronics, either, so it’s going to have to rely on pure ability to match the Ducati.

The new RC8 R will be available in White/Orange and Black/Orange, both with orange wheels and frame, with availability and prices yet to be confirmed.

KTM.co.uk

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